- Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families
- What is radiation therapy? When is it used?
- How does radiation therapy work?
- Do the benefits outweigh the risks and side effects?
- How much does radiation treatment cost?
- Who gives radiation treatments?
- Informed consent
- How is radiation therapy given?
- External radiation therapy
- Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
- Systemic radiation therapy
- Preventing and managing side effects
- Skin problems
- Hair loss
- Blood count changes
- Eating problems
- How will I feel emotionally?
- Will side effects limit my activity?
- Are there long-term side effects I should be concerned about?
- Managing side effects of treatment to certain parts of the body
- Radiation therapy to the head and neck
- Radiation therapy to the brain
- Radiation therapy to the breast and chest
- Radiation therapy to the stomach and abdomen
- Radiation therapy to the pelvis
- Follow-up care
- To learn more
Managing side effects of treatment to certain parts of the body
The next sections give you tips on how to manage side effects that may be caused by radiation to certain parts of the body. These are general side effects. Be sure to talk to your health care team about what you might expect and what you should look out for with your own treatment plan. Tell them about any changes you notice, so they can be managed before they worsen. Also make sure you know what problems need to be reported right away and where to get help after normal office hours and on weekends and holidays.
Last Medical Review: 01/24/2013
Last Revised: 01/24/2013